What should I ask at an academic job interview?
January 15, 2014 12:39 PM Subscribe
I am starting a two day academic job interview tomorrow. What questions should I ask? Bonus question: Do I want this job?
posted by pseudonick to Work & Money (10 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
The interview will consist of lots of half hour interviews with faculty members in the department and a seminar for the students. This is an engineering department at a large state university ranked around the middle of the top 100 schools.
What are some things I should talk to faculty members about during the interviews?
Some ideas so far: Their research areas, expectations for tenure, outcome of recent tenure cases, departmental culture e.g. how one unusual sub-specialty fits into the department, expectations for student support, department's average research dollars per faculty member.
Bonus question: Right now I'm 33 and on a stable federal government career track. I do not really like the work that much. If I stay in government I have another job offer, which I hope would be better than my current job but would not have the potential of a tenure track position. But government work is stable, 9-5, pays reasonably well and will likely pay quite well if I put another few years in. A tenure track position has the potential to be great in a lot of ways, but it is also something I could fail at, it is a much riskier position. Should I go for it? I feel much more risk averse than I did 10 years ago...
Also welcome, any general advice you've got for the interview(s).